What is Attar or perfume Oil?
Attar is one of the Prized Posession of a Muslim .There is hardly any home where you won’t find Attar . Attar also known by the name “Ittar ” are highly concentrated Perfume and therefore are usually offered for sale in small quantities and have traditionally been offered in decorated crystal cut type bottles or small jeweled decanters. Attrar is so concentrated that a small bottle will last the user several weeks, if not months. Due to the purity and the nature of oils, there is very little chance of spoilage unless a food based carrier oil is used to cut the concentrated pure oil.
Traditionally in the Eastern world it was a customary practice of nobility to offer ittar to their guests at the time of their departure. The ittars were traditionally given in ornate tiny crystal cut bottles called as itardans. This tradition of giving ascent to ones guests continues to this day in many parts of the Eastern world.
Difference Between Attar and Alcohol based Synthetic Perfume
Attars are made with flowers, wood, roots of plants and tree particles and their base is mostly Sandalwood oil. Sometimes,Attar may contain some synthetic aroma like the “White Musk” . Since obtaining the deer musk requires killing of Musk deer, nearly all musk fragrance used in perfumery today is synthetic, sometimes called “white musk”.
Synhetic Perfumes which contains Alcohol (common solvent for most perfumes) causes the perfume to evaporate much faster sometimes upto as much as 10 – 15 times faster. This causes the first impression of the perfume to be overwhelming to human senses, but it soon evaporates and loses power. Given its natural derivation, ittar lasts a long time. Body heat only intensifies its smell.A major difference between synthetic perfumes and ittar is that the oil-based ittar is worn directly on your body. A small drop is enough to be used as a fragrance on the body but Perfumes containing alcohol evaporates away quite fast and most of them are not safe to be applied directly on the Skin.. A few drops can be added to water and used with aromatic vapour lamps. The Storage and Shelf Life of Ittar is much better than alcohol based Perfume.-Ittar has a permanent shelf life and some ittars become stronger and smell better when they are older. and they become very aromatic.
In Muslim World Perfume is more Synonymous with Attar. Attar are also known by the name Perfume Oil as they are Concentrated and need just a dab.Attar are much better than alcohol based Perfumes as they last longer. Attars have no side effects if directly applied on the skin or clothes and they may have therapeutic effects, but alcohol based perfumes cannot be used in a therapeutic way. They might be harmful due to the use of alcohol. Sometimes ,Attars can be more affordable and cheaper than other Perfumes because they are so concentrated that a small bottle will last the regular user several weeks or even months.
How to Apply Attar
The recommended way to apply attar is to Dab Attar on to your pulse points (wrists, under ear lobes, sides of the neck etc.) This is pretty potent so a little goes a long way. It is recommended to apply Attar on the ulnar artery to feel its fragrance and ruh (soul).Attar can stain clothes .So take care not to apply attar with applicator or roll over your clothes.Instead you can take a little attar on your finger and rub over your clothes .Remember little! Attar are very strong scent and lasts a long time
Choice Of Attar .How to Choose Attar on the basis of Notes ?
Do you Know that Attars can be classified based on their effect on human body such as
Warm Ittars’ – Ittars such as Musk, Amber, Kesar (Saffron), Oud, are used in winters, they increase the body temperature.
Cool Ittars’ – like Rose, Jasmine, Khus, Kewda, Mogra, are used in summers and are cooling for the body.
While most Attar brands comes for both Men and Women.A smart way to choose Attar for a specific gender is to know its notes.
Notes are separated into three classes; top/head notes, middle/heart notes, and base notes; which denote groups of scents which can be sensed with respect to the time after the application of a perfume. These notes are created carefully with knowledge of the evaporation process and intended use of the perfume. The presence of one note may alter the perception of another – for instance, the presence of certain base or heart notes will alter the scent perceived when the top notes are strongest, and likewise the scent of base notes in the dry-down will often be altered depending on the smells of the heart notes.
Top notes are otherwise called the head notes.
Perceived immediately upon application of a perfume,They form a person’s initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of the product.
Middle or “heart notes”.
The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the “heart” or main body of a perfume and emerge in the middle of the perfume’s dispersion process. They serve to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time.
The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class are often the fixatives used to hold and boost the strength of the lighter top and middle notes. Consisting of large, heavy molecules that evaporate slowly, compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and “deep” and are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after the application of the perfume or during the period of perfume dry-down.Some base notes can still be detectable in excess of twenty-four hours after application, particularly the Oud and musk notes.
Choosing the Best Attar Brands
Best Attar for Men:
For Men Herbal and Exotic Perfumes are a good Choice.You cannot go wrong with Oriental Perfumes. As Nothing compares to the full-bodied aroma of oriental notes, these are some of the heaviest and most distinguished scents. If you need a Unique and Pleasant Smell,you would like to choose one with a unique blend of oriental resins, opulent flowers and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. These Notes are versatile and vivacious and will last throughout the day and night.
If you really want to make a statement apart from Smelling good,try Oud. Oud based scents are currently dominating the perfume and fragrance world. Originating from the Middle East, Oud is one of the most expensive woods in the world. The fragrance is warm, with a variety of smoky and sweet notes
Affordable Top 5 Best Attar for Men
While Choice of fragrance is truly Subjective to ones taste.We list to you the most famous Attar brand that are the Bestseller in their respective category .With lots of Positive review they are already a Best seller. You can buy them by clicking the names below or their images.
Al Haramain Madinah – Oriental Perfume Oil [15 ml]
It is a long lasting,Alcohol free perfume from one of the most popular perfume oil brands in the world: Haramain Madeenah” .
The Fragrance Features citruses, orchid, rose, jasmine, saffron ,sandalwood and Cedarwood.
It has a Sweet floral Aroma,the kind you will not stop loving.It comes in Glass bottle with roll-on and screw cap.It has a Masculine Scent and is very suitable for the Summer.
Fragrance Notes: Madinah has a sweet floral aroma.
- Top note: Rose, Geranium, Davana Blossoms, Bergamot, Orange
- Middle note: Rose, Jasmine, Orchid, Clove, Saffron, Sandalwood, Cedar wood
- Base note: Floral, Musk, Amber, Sandalwood, Cedar wood, Cashmere wood, Fruity
When You Apply it,You will detect a faint musk like Oud straight after its application, then, simultaneously will the rose appears and then a gentle zesty touch from citrus. The balance of this juice is simply amazing.It is So well blended, soft, aromatic and spicy that It will Win Your heart.You can use it everyday to office and as a Casual Wear .Priced Nominally at around 10-15 $, I bet You simply cannot go wrong with this One. You can get it here
Al Haramain Hajar
If you can’t resist a strong perfume making a strong statement, Haramain Hajar is your perfect choice. A genuinely raw mix of brawn makes this a day-long companion in rough terrain. Just a dab is enough to last you through the sunshine and into the darkness. For those who are prepared to encounter a stormy night after a day that whizzes past like the breeze,this Attar is for you.
Fragrance Notes : Hajar is quite a leathery scent.It Smells beautiful- slightly sweet ambery and floral leather.
- Top note: Ylang Ylang, Geranium Middle note: Floral, Amber
- Base note: Musk, Sandalwood, Gurjum Balsam, Amber, Resinous
This Product is also from Haramain Madeenah -the most Popular Perfume brand Oil.This is alcohol free and is a roll on with a screw Cap.A little of Scent is enough to last for hours.You can definately give it a try.
Price: around 10.75 $.You can get it Here
Al Haramain Musk – Oriental Perfume Oil [15 ml]
If You want a Sweet mild refreshing Musk that is long lasting,then this White Musk is for you.Once you buy this musk from ,you will definitely place it above all Other White Musks. Haramain has such a good quality and give you a fast shipping worth every penny.It has a long lasting Smell and comes in a handy roll on box like other Haramain Products.
This Musk is Suitable for both Men and Women.
- Top note: Aldehyde, Rose, Geranium, Davana Blossoms, Bergamot, Orange, Lime, Lavender
- Middle note: Rose, Jasmine, Orchid, Clove, Saffron, Sandalwood, Cedar wood, Geranium, Orris
- Base note: Musk, Amber, Sandalwood, Cedar wood, Cashmere wood, Patchouli, Fruity, Floral
Price :6.4 Ounce will cost you 13.53 $ .You can get it here
Badar by Al Haramain Perfumes is a Oriental fragrance for women and men. The fragrance features patchouli, amber, musk, honey, lavender and rose.
It is a beautiful oriental perfume with an Western attitude! Very fresh, slightly floral, patchouli/honey on a white-musk base is what all this scent is all about.It is more Masculine than being a Unisex.It is light comfortable with a Unique Scent and is good for Summer.Unfortunately this is not as long lasting as the Previous Perfumes.But I would like you to try it before judging It.It may become One of your Best Perfume.With a roll on and screw cap and handy Pocket size Pack this inexpensive Pack is worth its Price.
Fragrance Notes: Badar has a sweet, easy to wear scent.
- Top note: Rose petals, Honey, Animalizing Accord, Bergamot, Orange, Lime, Lavender
- Middle note: Water Lily, Orris, Rose Base note: Musk, Candy Sugar, Cedar wood, Patchouli, Amber/
Price :6.4 Ounce costs about 10.95 $ .You can get it here
This excellent attar or perfume oil comes in a beautiful velvet display box. The box, shaped like the Ka’aba in Makkah, opens up to reveal the exclusive perfume within. This is one of the most popular perfumes from the Al Haramain range.
If you love agarwood fragrances, this one is for you. Attar Al Kaaba is about Arabic tradition done with respect and quality. The combination of agarwood, roses, musk and saffron is sensual and comfortable. The agarwood is resinous, but not so thick, has something slightly spicy and sweet, and blends perfectly with a silky rose and a creamy woody musky drydown. There is also a slight hint of saffron contained within this oil. Only 3-4 drops are enough to make you perfumed all the day, without annoying others. This excellent perfume oil brings out the best of what the arabic perfumery can bring to you if you love agarwood and roses…
A manly (but we think the Attar Al Kaaba is suitable for women as well) fragrance for those who adore the scent of oudh (agarwood) from Cambodia. Similar to Montale’s Black Oudh minus the sweetness. An oil based long lasting fragrance.
The initial scent is very powerful. Floral but still very nuetral(unisex). When you apply it on skin under your shirt, the smell lasts for about more than 10 hours. Attar al Kaaba is very pleasing,and is bound to get you noticed with nice compliments.The drydown is basically a rose scent with a touch of soft oriental feel.
25 ml pack will cost you about 40 $.You can get it here
Now I m going to tell you about the most loved Attar .Oud is Considered as One of the best Attar in the Middle East.
It is Unisex.Both Men and Women can Use It.But It is mostly Preferred by Men because of Its Strong Woody aroma.
Arabian Oud is a famous brand which sells high quality Products .Sehr El Kalemat Unisex 100 Ml (100 ml) is One of its most loved Product.
“Top Note: Cardamom, bergamot, pink pepper Middle Note: Saffron, coriander, Bulgarian rose Base Note: Amber, vetiver and sandal
Price: $139.You can get it here
Dehn El Ood Mubarak
Dehn el Ood Mubarak is derived from rich extracts of Dehn El Ood from Cambodia & Indonasia captivates the aura of festivity and happiness. It has an enticing fragrance packed with lingering sweet, leathery & woody notes .
Top Note:Sweet Middle Note:Leathery Base Note:Woody
6ml Priced at 42.48.You can get it Here
It is a Mukhallat (Mixture) of Amber and Oudh Attar
It is a creative mix of exclusive ingredients, which is intended to evoke beauty and softness. The freshness and warmth of the aroma makes it adaptable for all occasions. The beautiful design of the bottle and the delicate outer packaging creates a picture of serenity and modernity.
“Sultan has a Powdery Woody musk fragrance with white musk, oudh and very soft rose.
It has a DEEP mystifying aroma. Popular among men.
The perfumes are made of precious natural essences (Oud, Rose of Taif, Incense, Musk, Sandalwood and rare spices
Price: $5 for 6ml
Oud doesn’t comes Cheap because it is made from Agarwood Wood which is very rare .If you are buying a Cheap Oud from somewhere ,definitely it is not a pure Oud.
Ajmal Perfumes have also earned a lots of reputation in the field of Perfumes. They too are worth trying .You can order their sample .They give you 35 PCS of 1.5 ml assorted Perfume vials for $19.95 in their e bay Shop
3 Premium Attar Brands with Pure Natural Attar you cannot go wrong with
- Sultan Pasha Attar : Sultan Pasha Attars are famous for their unique scent . They are expensive but they are worth it .In general, there are affordable sample sets if you wish to try things first .Each vial has between 2 to 4 drops depending on the fragrance’s rarity, cost of materials, and general availability. That’s enough drops for about 2 full, in-depth wearings or about 4-5 lighter, briefer ones. You can order them from their store in ebay and If you want to order a single attar ,The Best of Sultan Pasha’s attar are Ensar Rose and Inferno. Ensar Rose costs £500 for 3 ml. Artisinal Attar is £99 (roughly €150) for a 3 ml bottle.
- Abdul Samad Al Qurashi – Heritage Blend
Abdul As Samad Quraishi is one famous Brand of Attar whose attars are worth trying.A 12 ml Abdul as Samad Quraeshi Attar may cost you around $297 at ebay
3 . Red-Box-Amouage-Attar-TRIBUTE :
It contains a special variety of silver frankincense that is the signature note, for instance, is grown only in the Dhofar mountains in the south of Oman, and historically commanded enormous prices when exported via the Silk Road into Rome and Persia. To this day, it is painstakingly harvested from the trees by hand, as it has been for more than 1500 years and Rose Taifi which is the rarest and most precious oil extracted from rose petals, and is famed across the Gulf for its rich and romantic fragrance. Each flower produces so small an amount that an entire field of roses is required to produce each tiny bottle of Tribute. Because of this, the scent is so concentrated that even a small drop applied to the pulse points will last for many hours, over the course of which the attar will progress smoothly through several stages of development.
They are available at around $198 to $394 in ebay
Best Attar Brands for Women:
For Women,the choice of Ittar is more of a floral,fruity,rose and amber note.
Musk-Either Red Musk or white Musk,Oud and Oriental Perfume are a bit costly than Rose and Sandalwood but has a heavenly Scent and can be worn by both Men and Women.
Woody notes within perfumes embody warm, earthy notes such as patchouli, sandalwood and amber. Woody notes are sensual and are very popular within the heart of a perfume. The beauty about woody notes is that they are versatile, enabling longer lasting perfumes throughout the day. You will find that woody notes are best complimented with hints of citrus or aromatic notes.Woody notes can be worn by both Men and Women.
If you do not want to go wrong with your Selection of Perfume,try the floral Perfumes.Floral perfumes are by far the most popular women’s perfumes. Feminine, floral fragrances contain hints of beautiful flowers such as rose, violet and orchids to create an ultra-feminine appeal for women.
Best Attar Brands for Women
Noora 20ml CPO Noora, meaning ‘divine light’ is a concentrated Mukhalat. This oriental composition starts with soft fruity notes of orange and honey which turns into floral notes of lily, rose and saffron. It has musk, sandalwood and vanilla notes in the end.
Noora is very sweet, very spicy, very strong, very unique, very exotic, and lasts for a day until your next shower and beyond. This smell is very in your face. It is exactly what women want when they want to try an Arab perfume that is very different from American and European perfumes but don’t want something that has a heavy oudh smell, something that is like incense, or an older woman perfume. I have gotten a lot of compliments on this scent. It is one of my favorites and a big seller with Swiss Arabian. It is comparable to what a spicy hot tea with a lot of honey smells like while it is still steaming.
These Swiss Arabian perfumes are of incredibly high quality for such a good price.
Lamya is a sensational fragrance with lemon, rose oudh and musk. It Comes in an elegant bottle with purple stones on silver with a flower on cap. Lamya Make a wonderful gift for Women .
Fragrance Notes :Lamya has a floral Fragrance.
- TOP NOTES: Lemon
- MIDDLE NOTES: Rose, Saffron
- BASE NOTES: Precious Amber Wood, Teck & Oud, Vetiver, White Musks
Price :20 ml costs 19 $
- Soft Attar is a Genuine world famous Al-Rehab concentrated perfume oil made in Saudi Arabia
- High quality roll-on free from alcohol
- It has a “creamy, orangey, powdery” note. It is fairly long lasting,
- It’s a floral fragrance with notes of soft rose, amber and vanilla.
- Good for lovers of Vanilla and Sweet Scent
Priced at 5.39 $ for 6ml.
Fragrance Notes :It is a floral Woody Musk for females.
- TOP NOTES: bergamot, oramge, grapefruit
- MIDDLE NOTES: rose, jasmine, fruits
- BASE NOTES: sandalwood, patchouli, tonka beans, vanilla, musks
It’s musky and floral; both blend well. It does smell strong at first … but give it about 10 minutes to soften. It’s easy to put on – and as the others have said, you need ONLY a dab. Once on each wrist and behind each ear.
Smells Mature and priced at only 3.10 $ for a 6ml Roll On.
It has a wonderful packaging and is such a great price for something that smells so expensive and refined.
This Attar is number one choice for Vanilla and Chocolate notes lover
The vanilla in Choco Musk is soft, not overly sweet and not overpowering. The musk is woven into the fragrance with a nice balance.
This smells so seriously good. First it is chocolate then I smell the vanilla, then I smell the musk. You have to like sweet smells, the smells of chocolate cake/cookies/chocolate custard pies, if you do not like sweet smells, gourmands or baked goods smells of any kind then you will not like this. This is ridiculously cheap.
If you are a fan of Comptoir Sud Pacifique Amour De Cacao, L’Artisan Vanilia EDT (Discontinued), or the Vanilla fragrances by Lavanila Laboratories, you may enjoy this lovely perfume oil. Ideal for wearing in autumn and winter.
6ml costs 5.39 $.It has pretty good review.Worth trying!
- Balkis is a soft floral that is powdery and slightly sweet.
- It tends to smell a bit on the ‘stronger’ side … let’s say like “Poison” or something similar to that. Not for anyone looking for a soft scent, but if you like a nice, strong, lasting scent … this is one you should check out!
- It has a Feminine luxurious Scent
- It is One of the best Smelling and Cheap Scent. You will Surely love it.
Priced at Only 5.39 $ for 6 ml.It is Worth trying !
It is one of the designer fragrance that does not contain alcohol giving you the 4x effect of other designer fragrance. This one is a cheap alternative to a high priced n,high quality perfume .Loved by the women for its mesemerising smell and cheap price ,You will definately love it.
Costs only $8 and available in 99 scents. You may want to try it . Buy it here
Some Best Attar Brands in India
Some of the Best Attar Brands in India are :-
2) Noora By Swiss arabian : Noora by Swiss Arabian is a Oriental Floral fragrance for women and men. Top notes are orange and honey; middle notes are saffron, rose and lily; base notes are musk, sandalwood and vanilla. It is available online at Rs 865
3)Swiss Arabian Jannet el Firdaus:Jannatal Firdaus is a wll known brand by Swiss Arabian. It is available in Amazon at around Rs 490 via Amazon
4)Ajmal Sacred Love Deodorant For Women 150ml :It is an Indian brand that smells international . You can check its range here
5)Rasasi Perfumess : Check the whole range here
6)Iba Halal Care available at around Rs 160-170 .You can see the different notes here
- SHAMA Al-Rehan Series : It is Alcohol Free, Undiluted Natural Attar for Unisex. It is an ISO Certified Company
The Top Notes Has Floral Bouquet With Lingering Notes Of Rose And White Musk and it is Seductively Entwined With Amber And Agarwood
It Comes in a 10 ml Bottle and the Pakaging is Very good . The brand is trusted and it lasts long . Priced at around Rs 800 , at most times it is available in discount at amazon around Rs 299
- Shama ZamZam Series : It is Alcohol Free, Undiluted ,Same ISO Certified Company .Its Top Notes Has Marine Water That Gives The Fragrance an Oriental Charm.The
Middle Notes Has Musk And Floral Notes and the Base Notes Has Woody And Ambery Notes .It comes in 10 ml bottle. Priced at around Rs 1,000 ,At most times it is available via amazon at a discount at around Rs 399.
8)Attar e Nazakat is an Oud Perfume by Neesh. It has an unmistakable graceful and dry honey and Arabian agar wood smell. It is a Pocket friendly spray Ittar Perfume that can be sprayed about 450 times and is available at Rs 340 .You can get it via Amazon .
- If You are Male, You can Choose Oud e Khaas, Attar e Ishq, Attar e Nazaqat ,Attar e Neesh or Eu de Mehfil which are all strong notes that gets softer over time and lasts for around 10 hours.
- Sultana, Rose e Muhabbat and Belle dee oud are some good Perfumes for Women in the Neesh Series. You can get them at a cheaper rate ,online via Amazon
So these were few Perfume brands most loved and most brought.If you have your own favourite,do feel free to share your views.
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